Even though the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as expansive as ever with so many new properties and sequels on the way for Phase 4, one uncertainty has always been the relationship between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. The two studios came to an agreement back in 2015 to allow Spider-Man to join the MCU, which has led to two solo movies and three other appearances thus far, but it’s always felt like a mostly one-sided affair.
Tom Holland has excelled as Peter Parker in his six MCU movies to date, but he hasn’t crossed over into the strictly-Sony movies yet, where there are multiple entries in the SUMC like Venom and the upcoming Morbius. News has just come though that could potentially be a sign of some changes coming with one of Sony’s next releases.
Party City and Amazon have both posted listings for an officially-licensed costume associated with the upcoming release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage from Sony Pictures, with Amazon's specifically listing the suit for "Venom 2." The costume is adorned with a spider emblem, which may be indicative of Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man having some involvement in the Venom sequel. The Venom costume is covered in white veins - a unique feature almost exclusive to the first Sony movie's design of the villain - leading many fans to believe that this specific costume is, in fact, related to the movie franchise and not just a design from the comics.
The full suit can be seen below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
While this costume could end up meaning nothing for Spider-Man’s future on the big screen, this does bring a small chance that the Sony and Marvel movies will integrate with each other in a meaningful way. Neither franchise has explicitly acknowledged the other in their movies, but fans have been fantasizing about crossovers between them ever since Spider-Man joined the MCU almost five years ago.
This also comes as more indication of a crossover after Michael Keaton appeared at the very end of the first trailer for Morbius, which fans believe means he is reprising the role of Adrian Toomes from Spider-Man: Homecoming. That movie is set in the same universe as Venom, and even though it will likely be a long time until a possible connection with the MCU is revealed, the opportunity still stands for Marvel and Sony to truly have their universes come together as one.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is currently set for global release on June 25, 2021. Marvel and Sony have started filming on Spider-Man 3, set to release in theaters on December 17, 2021.